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September 01, 2005

PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL: 'WE HOPE FOR AN ABBAS-SHARON SUMMIT BEFORE THE UPCOMING U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY'

What happens now, after Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements? How do the Palestinians view the new emerging situation? Dr. Ahmed Subuh is the deputy Minister of Information in the Palestinian Authority and in this interview with David Essing he discusses the burning issues in the post disengagement period and in the run-up to the Roadmap negotiations.

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August 28, 2005

PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBER STRIKES IN BE'ER SHEVA

The Palestinian terror organizations have not waited long after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West bank settlements to renew their attacks. They struck at the central bus station in Be'er Sheva, the 'capital of the Negev' and only the swift and courageous action of two security guards and an alert bus driver averted the massacre of scores of Israelis in the big explosion. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has declared there will be no Roadmap negotiations for a Palestinian state if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not disarm Hamas and the other terrorists who threaten to annihilate Israel.

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August 26, 2005

AFTERSHOCKS OF GAZA WITHDRAWAL

Where is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict headed after Israel's historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements? Dr. Dan Schueftan, a Middle East expert at Haifa University, expects little change as long as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not dismantle the terror organizations. In light of this, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon can be expected to carry forward his policy of unilateralism. But the latest opinion polls indicate that former Finance Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu would trounce Sharon if the ruling Likud party went to primaries. Now that Sharon has apparently lost his parliamentary majority, an early election is widely expected early next year. Interviewed by David Essing, Dr. Schueftan analyzes the emerging situation.

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August 23, 2005

SHARON OVERTAKES NETANYAHU AS WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS EVACUATED

The IDF and Israel Police continued the disengagement by evacuating four West Bank settlements in northern Samaria. There was some resistance by protesters. A senior defense ministry official Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad expects that Israel will hand over control of the Gaza Strip earlier than expected to the Palestinian Authority.In party politics, Channel 10 TV released a poll of Likud central committee members indicating that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has again taken the lead over former Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The question was: 'If the primary for Likud leader was held today who would you vote for?'Sharon - 35.5% | Netanyahu - 28.3%A poll taken just before the Gaza withdrawal showed Netanyahu leading Sharon and is thought to have triggered Netanyahu's snap resignation from the cabinet.

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August 22, 2005

Israel Wraps Up Gaza Withdrawal & Moves On To West Bank

Thirty-five years of Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip has come to an end. Netzarim, the last of the twenty- one settlements, was evacuated on Monday, August 22nd. Tomorrow, the IDF moves into four West Bank settlements in northern Samaria to evict the remaining settlers and 'infiltrators' there. Back in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on his controversial withdrawal plan. Several right-wing MKs lashed out at Sharon saying he would go down in Jewish history as a tyrant.

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August 21, 2005

SHARON SOLDIERS ON WITH MORE SETTLEMENT EVACUATIONS

A total of five more settlements in the Gaza Strip were evacuated by Israeli soldiers and police today without the violence that accompanied some of last week's withdrawals. In Jerusalem, the cabinet approved the pullout from four settlements in the northern Samaria area of the West Bank. At the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon indicated that he is moving full steam ahead and clashed with four of his Likud ministers who oppose his disengagement plan. In another development, the far left is about to pull out its support for Sharon after the withdrawal is completed.

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August 18, 2005

GAZA WITHDRAWAL - CIRCLING THE WAGONS OR SLIPPERY SLOPE?

The inexorable eviction of the Gaza settlers continues amid heart-rending scenes of IDF soldiers dragging children, women and men from their homes. Most are religious Jews who believe they have also fulfilled an important national mission at the their country's calling and have now been evicted by a Prime Minister who for some reason has changed his mind. Some of these residents and their children have been killed in Palestinian attacks and all have come under the repeated shelling of more than 5,000 Qassam rockets and mortars launched since the outbreak of Palestinian violence in September, 2000.Why has Ariel Sharon changed course so dramatically? What can be expected from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas who declares he will not confiscate the terrorists' weapons and Hamas that vows to use those arms to attack Israel when the time is ripe? Then there's the U.S. and the rest of the Quartet eager to plunge into the Roadmap process.

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August 15, 2005

GAZA DISENGAGEMENT - BETTER OR WORSE SECURITY

Israel's historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements is now moving into high gear. Amid the turmoil, the question for most Israelis now is whether the country will be better off or worse off after the withdrawal. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon believes he has firm U.S. backing that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must first dismantle Hamas and the other terror organizations before Israel enters Roadmap negotiations. However, Hamas leaders have declared they will not give up their weapons and threaten a new wave of attacks from the West Bank. Sharon's critics charge the writing is on the wall; the current withdrawal will deal a severe blow to Israel's security.

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August 12, 2005

THIS WEEK 12.8.05

Just days before Israeli settlers are to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip, Israel was buffeted time and again, by one surprise after another. With tension reaching a fever pitch over the Gaza withdrawal, Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu resigned in protest over the disengagement. Subsequent public opinion polls then showed Netanyahu would topple Sharon in a Likud party election today. Enter U.S. President George W. Bush trying to bolster Sharon and praising his withdrawal plan. While the country is in the throes of the traumatic disengagement, with Sharon sleeping with a loaded pistol under his pillow, Attorney General Manny Mazuz says there is no proof that incitement was responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin nearly ten years ago.

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August 08, 2005

Egyptian Arms Freeway To Gaza Strip?

In the Knesset Foreign affairs and Defense Committee, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz presented an up beat picture of Israeli plans for evacuating the Gaza Strip that is to being on August 17th. However, several MKs were shocked to hear that a proposed agreement with Egypt to block Palestinian arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip does not bar Cairo from supplying weapons to the Palestinians. IDF officers also briefed the committee on the upcoming disengagement and the investigation underway into murder of four Israeli Arabs by an IDF AWOL soldier.

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July 24, 2005

WILDFIRE OF ISLAMIC TERROR SWEEPS EGYPT, ISRAEL, BRITAIN

Al Qaeda and Palestinian terrorists have stepped up their offensives leaving death and destruction in their wake. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice has been meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders trying to keep the lid on the confrontation before and after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements starting in the second half of August.

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July 22, 2005

THIS WEEK - 22.07.05

The week ended with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the region trying for a smooth Israeli evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements in August. The massive Palestinian shelling of Israeli communities both in and out of the Gaza Strip and the tense confrontation between tens of thousands of Israeli settlers and Israeli security forces near Gaza, have raised some question marks about future developments. In the aftermath, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has turned down the idea of going for an early pull-out while Egyptian trouble-shooter Omar Suleiman succeeded on his mission to curb the massive shelling by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in Gaza. And Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid presented an eyewitness the extent of lawless in the Palestinian controlled areas. He warned if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not act to halt the internal violence, there is no hope for a democratic Palestinian state.

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July 17, 2005

EGYPT TRIES TO RESTRAIN PALESTINIAN ONSLAUGHT

Israel may soon launch a massive ground operation, if the Palestinian terror groups do not halt their massive rocketing from the Gaza Strip. In the past 36 hours, over forty Qassam rockets have slammed into the Israeli town of Sderot inside the Israeli border. Sderot's Mayor Eli Moyel has called on Prime Minister Sharon to postpone next moth's Israeli evacuation from Gaza. Sderot's angry citizens and children, who have been holed up in bomb shelters are demanding that Sharon stop appeasing the Americans and send in the IDF to suppress the Palestinian rocket fire. Seven Israelis, six of them women have been murdered this week in terror attacks. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to make an urgent trip to the area next week; in the meantime Egyptian Intelligence official Omar Suleiman arrives on the scene to try and persuade the terrorists to stop attacking Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ( Abu Mazen ) cannot or will not order his 30,000 armed security personnel to halt the attacks on Israel.

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July 15, 2005

PALESTINIAN ATTACKS MAY SPELL END TO MAHMOUD ABBAS

To date this week's casualty toll - Six Israelis murdered, scores more injured as Palestinian terror attacks continue without let-up. After an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber strikes in Netanya, Hamas and other terror groups step-up the shelling from the Gaza Strip. Within ten minutes, they launch eight Qassam rockets at civilian targets inside Israel and in the Gaza Strip. Israel Air Force gun-ships are sent into action while IDF forces operate against the Islamic Jihad stronghold on the West Bank. All this, during what the Palestinian call the Tahdia cease-fire and a month before Israel is to start its evacuation of Gaza.

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July 13, 2005

SHARON TARGETS ISLAMIC JIHAD & CLOSES OFF GAZA STRIP SETTLEMENTS

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is targeting Islamic Jihad terrorists on the West Bank after one of their suicide bombers murdered two Israeli women and two sixteen-year old girls in the town of Netanya. The IDF is now carrying out a combing operation for Jihad members in the town of Tul Kerem area, which was recently evacuated by Israeli forces. Meanwhile, in the Gaza Strip, Sharon declared the settlements off limits to outside visitors. The settlers have lambasted the decision charging that the Israeli Prime Minister has declared a part of the Land of Israel to be 'Juden Rein'.

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July 12, 2005

LONDON TYPE TERROR ATTACKS HIT ISRAEL

Islamic Jihad on the West Bank and Hezbollah in south Lebanon launched a series of attacks on Israeli targets - four Israelis - two women and two teen-age girls, were murdered by a suicide bomber outside a shopping center in Netanya, a seaside resort town on the Mediterranean. Another 40 were injured some critically. Just an hour or so earlier, a close call in a West Bank settlement when a Palestinian truck bomber drove in. However, it apparently caught fire prematurely, the injured suicide bomber was taken alive and given medical treatment. While all this was going on, Hezbollah gunmen opened fire from south Lebanon. There were no casualties in these two incidents. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held immediate consultation with security officials and reporter David Essing says Israel can be counted to retaliate against Islamic Jihad.

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July 11, 2005

ISRAEL DECIDES TO COMPLETE THE SECURITY FENCE AROUND JERUSALEM

The London atrocity has again focused on the vital need for international co-operation in the war against Islamic terrorism. In Israel where security is always high, security officials had to be asking themselves if everything possible was being done to prevent a mega-terror attack of the same magnitude from happening here. It's not that Palestinian terrorists have not tried in the past, the concern now is that they may try to imitate the London terrorists. The government decision on the Jerusalem security fence has aroused sharp pro and con reactions. Likud MK Uzi Landau, who opposes Sharon's withdrawal, has accused the Prime Minister of preparing to partition the capital. However Labor MK Beiga Shochat favors the move. Landau and Shochat were interviewed on IBA TV.

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July 05, 2005

ISRAEL'S WITHDRAWAL MOVES INTO HIGH GEAR

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spelled out where he stands before, during and after Israel's August withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements. Sharon headed a team of Israeli officials at a hearing of the joint Defense and Constitution committees in the Knesset. Earlier in the day, the IDF chief of military intelligence rated Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas's chances of success as 'slim to very slim'. General Aharon Zeevi Farkash also warned if the terror organizations are not happy with political progress after Israel's disengagement, they will launch a new wave of terrorism, mainly from the West Bank.

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June 29, 2005

DISENGAGEMENT COUNTDOWN 2

Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ended days of speculation that he will bolt the government and lead the campaign to halt Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza strip and 4 West bank settlements. Netanyahu, Prime Minister Sharon's main rival in the Likud, has declared that he is sticking in the cabinet although he believes the disengagement is a big mistake which will jeopardize the country's future security. His announcement came as thousands of disengagement opponents stepped up their campaign by blocking traffic around the country. The Israel Police warn they will not tolerate such a move and ready to move in with force. David Essing reports on developments as the disengagement countdown continues.

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June 24, 2005

THIS WEEK – 24.6.05

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came and went; so did Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. With less than two months to D-day for Israel's disengagement, the Palestinian attacks continue. Two Israelis were killed and the lives of scores of Israelis saved, when a Palestinian suicide bomber was caught on her way to blow up Soroka hospital in Beer-Sheva with ten kilograms of explosives packed inside her underwear. At the Jerusalem summit, Prime Minister Sharon blasted Abbas for not ordering his estimated 30,000 plus security personnel to crack down on the terrorists. Abbas says No Way! He is not strong enough and he will persuade the Palestinians to follow him and not the suicide bombers. Secretary Rice was again showing the U.S. flag, glossing over the terrorism and hoping for accelerated progress on the Roadmap. And Sharon's Likud rival Binyamin Netanyahu is facing mounting pressure to spearhead the campaign against the withdrawal.

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